Train shortage falls under government eyes

FILE - A BNSF railroad train hauling carloads of coal from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming is seen east of Hardin, Mont., on July 15, 2020. The major freight railroads are hiring aggressively and asking customers to cut the number of carloads they are shipping to reduce congestion along the rail network in response to concerns from agricultural and ethanol groups that prompted regulators to schedule a hearing on the problems. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)


Federal regulators plan hearings this month to investigate the shortage of trains—a shortage that is being blamed on railway cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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